Former international, Henry Nwosu has blamed the poor performances of Nigeria’s representatives at the CAF competitions on the late kick-off of the Nigeria Professional Football League.
In a chat, the former captain of the defunct ACB of Lagos said Nigeria’s opponents on the continental stage were better prepared because they had begun league actions.
It will be recalled that Kano Pillars and Plateau United crashed out of CAF Confederations Cup and CAF Champions League respectively at the preliminary stage while Enyimba and Rivers United managed qualified for the next rounds
“When we don’t start early to prepare, definitely you won’t have a very solid team at hand. Be as it is, we love the fire brigade approach which is not the best but we are always praying. When you don’t prepare well, there is no how you can perform well,” he said.
He further agreed that the pandemic played a role in the delay but it is not an excuse for the League Management Company (LMC).
“The COVID-19 pandemic affected the whole world and gradually, we are getting out of it. But we have seen some leagues resumed like the Premier League, La Liga in the midst of the pandemic. This shows how much organized they are to see life return.
“We have even seen how they are able to structure the fixtures which they are following to the letter. That is the organization and preparation that we lack in Nigeria.
It will be noted that the 2020/21 NPFL season was to kick off on December 6, but the LMC has denied making an official statement on the resumption.